Lemon Juice Bleach Printing

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Lemon juice can be used to lighten hair and brighten white laundry, so the natural bleaching properties can easily be utilized in textile dyeing. I like to use lemon juice to recreate a reverse print of objects with interesting shapes and edges.

Natural dyeing, lemon juice bleach print - Verena Erin

This one was done on a cotton canvas dyed with pomegranate and an iron mordant – and as a warning, it does not seem to work on synthetic dyes and I am not sure how it works with other natural dyes and mordants.

How to create the prints:

Juice lemon and filter out pulp and seeds, pour in a spray bottle and dilute with a little water (not necessary if you want a stronger contrast)

Place flat leaves or objects onto dyed, dry fabric, spray fabric being careful around the edges of the leaves. – I always do this outside on a sunny day as I think the sun helps the lemon juice bleach.

Natural dyeing, lemon juice bleach print - Verena Erin

Let sit until the desired depth of colour but watch carefully because the lemon juice works very quickly and if you only want a subtle outline, rinse it off right away.

Natural dyeing, lemon juice bleach print - Verena Erin

Natural dyeing, lemon juice bleach print - Verena Erin

*Spray from farther away to get a more even bleached colour, for this example I sprayed just around the leaves.

Wash fabric to remove all lemon juice.

Natural dyeing, lemon juice bleach print - Verena Erin This fabric was dyed again in the exhaust pomegranate and iron, because I let the lemon juice sit to long (oops -I was taking photos!) and wanted less of a contrast on the finished garment.

 

Have you tried or seen any other examples of lemon juice bleaching? Please comment below, I would love to seen them!